If you have some old bread, and you want to make your own croutons, the great news is that it is very simple to make croutons. In fact, the only ingredient you need to make croutons is old bread. Once you cut the bread on a cutting board, all you need to do is to bake them for 10 minutes or so, and your croutons are done. Here is a post on how to make your own croutons.
To cook healthier, a great thing to do is to make whole grain croutons, using whole grain bread. In this recipe I am using a mix of whole grain croutons and white croutons, as that is what I had on hand. You can definitely use all whole grain croutons in this salad.
Once you have made croutons, the question becomes what can you make with those croutons? You can make Panzanella Salad, which is a wonderful salad with a delicious dressing. Or you can make this salad, the Tomato, Cucumber, Feta And Olives Salad With Croutons, which is also great, has a lot of vegetables and is delicious.
The inspiration for this salad is definitely a Greek Salad. I am also using a dressing for this salad, make with Greek Oregano, red wine vinegar, olive oil and freshly ground black pepper. There is no salt in this salad dressing, as the salad itself has feta and Kalamata olives, both salty ingredients. And when you want to make something healthy, you want not to use too much salt in it.
To make Tomato, Cucumber, Feta And Olives Salad With Croutons, in a salad bowl combine tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, croutons, parsley and dill. Add about half of the salad dressing and mix. If your salad is too dry, and you want to add more dressing, then add more dressing and mix it again. Let the salad stand for 10 minutes, so that the vegetables and croutons absorb the dressing. Serve this salad with something simple, such as roasted chicken or grilled chicken.
Ingredients For Tomato, Cucumber, Feta And Olives Salad With Croutons
2 small Cucumbers
1/2 of a small Red Onion
1/5 Pound of Feta Cheese
A handful of Kalamata Olives
A handful of Dill
A handful of Parsley
A few handfuls of croutons, here is a post on How To Make Croutons
Greek Salad Dressing, here is a post on How To Make Greek Salad Dressing
How To Make Tomato, Cucumber, Feta And Olives Salad With Croutons
Make the croutons.
Make the Greek Salad Dressing.
Wash the tomatoes and chop them. Wash the cucumbers, peel them and chop them. Peel the red onion, wash it and chop it.
If your Kalamata olives contain pits, then take the pits out and chop the olives. If they do not have pits, then chop the Kalamata olives.
Cut Feta cheese into small cubes. Wash dill and parsley and chop them.
Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, feta cheese, croutons, dill and parsley. Add half of the salad dressing and mix the salad. If you need more salad dressing, then add more dressing and mix again. Let the salad stand for 10 minutes for the dressing to absorb.